Sunday, December 30, 2012


In yet another whiny and deceptive post about the sorry state of college study in America, Victor Davis Hanson asserts that "the political science major knows very little of Machiavelli or Tocqueville." VDH often mentions Fresno State in his ramblings because he used to teach there so this is from the Political Science Dept. there:
PLSI 110. Seminar in History of Political Thought to Machiavelli (3 units)
Development of political thought from Plato to Machiavelli: law, justice, the state, authority, forms of government, and church-state relations in light of the philosophy of history. FS

PLSI 111. Seminar in History of Political Thought Since Machiavelli (3)
Freedom and individual rights, democracy, majority rule, equality, law and authority, power, constitutionalism, property, social class and structure, and revolution traced through the writings of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Burke, Bentham, Hegel, Tocqueville, and Mill. S
These are REQUIRED courses for the major and it's clear that a PoliSci major will have been exposed to Machiavelli and Tocqueville and many other political thinkers.

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